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MTSU Social Science Symposium investigates ‘Justice for All?’ Nov. 13-14

Student, faculty and visiting scholars will discuss how society reacts to injustices in the United States and abroad in the 22nd annual Tennessee Undergraduate Social Science Symposium at MTSU Nov. 13 and 14. 

With a theme of “And Justice for All?”, the two-day research symposium inside MTSU’s James Union Building is free and open to the public. It features a Wednesday, Nov. 13, keynote address from attorney and activist Amy Bach, founder of Measures for Justice and a visiting professor at the University of Buffalo Law School. 

Bach’s talk is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday in the JUB. She’ll also sign copies of her book “Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court” after her speech.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago as well as an author and activist, will speak beginning at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the JUB. She’s the author of “Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network.”

The symposium also includes a panel discussion, “Challenging Indifference toward Injustice,” at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday and a 2:20 p.m. screening of the HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival that follows the work of three young public defenders in the South.

Student research presentations are scheduled throughout both days of the symposium. The top three undergrad papers will be announced and prizes awarded at 9:30 Thursday morning.

Conducted at MTSU since 1993, the event is modeled after a typical professional conference and was designed to prompt students’ scientific study of human interaction and encourage their professional growth as well as provide opportunities for scholars to exchange ideas.      

For more details and a complete schedule, visit the symposium’s home page at http://www.mtsu.edu/soc/socsymp. A searchable campus map with parking notes also is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap13-14.